Just in time for winter, we’ve got five great ideas for kids this month from warm buys at Caramel & Baby to fun indoor activities.
1 Make some Michelin stars in your kitchen
Did you know one out of four British potatoes will end up as chips? Or that watermelons are actually vegetables? Neither did we. Now together with your kids, you can learn fun facts and stories about food in a new cookbook that has been touted as the Michelin star culinary equivalent of the Horrible Histories series. The Gastronomical Guide to Fabulous Food!, which is written by Claire Bosi, restauranteur of Hibiscus and her sister journalist Petrie Hosken, has education, recipes and information for tiny terrors, while contributions from two Michelin-starred chefs Claude Bosi, Marcus Wareing and Tom Kerridge and the one star chef Shaun Hill aims to stimulate little ones with learning while they cook.
Now on sale. £19.95, published by A Way With Media
2 Cute coats from Caramel Baby & Child
Caramel Baby & Child has an adorable range of tailored coats out this autumn for boys and girls. There are raincoats, blazers and coats with detailed finishes like wool collars, leather buttons and statement zips. We love the Heath Mustard check coat for girls at £180 that has a luxurious wool and cashmere finish but is equally comfy and snug, 3-12 years (add £10 for 8-12 years).
3 See Robin’s Winter Adventure at the Chelsea Theatre
Robin’s Winter Adventure tells the story of what happens when a young boy’s incredible journey with a feathered friend forces him to face his fears: will it prove to be his greatest adventure of all? This uplifting tale about friendship, bravery and change is told through the mediums of puppetry, poetry, music and magical design. The production from Pied Piper Theatre Company is aimed at ages 4+ and their families, £9 per person. Performances take place on 11am and 2pm on 16 November.
4 French classes at Fulham library
Et Patati Patata has introduced new French classes for children at Fulham library following the success of its French Summer Day camp. The immersion programme, led by experienced teacher Caroline, includes French rhythms, reading, counting, culture and dancing. Every Tuesday after school, 1-10 year olds, beginners and intermediates.
5 A new look for Marie-Chantal’s Walton Street store
Marie-Chantal’s Walton Street store has received a makeover, with an area designated for each collection (girl, boy, baby girl and baby boy) and a long wooden table situated in the centre to display the Nest Collection for newborns.
6 Halloween in Hammersmith
Visit HammersmithLondon’s creepy Witches’ cabin on Lyric Square for a variety of free chilling Halloween activities to keep everyone busy this half term.To start off with, there’s a Halloween Pumpkin Hunt, which will run from 29-31 October. Ghastly ghouls have three days to find all the HammersmithLondon pumpkins, which have been carefully hidden in shops across W6. Find them all and you will be richly rewarded for your efforts, as goodie bags (including a free witch’s hat) will be given to everyone who makes it back to the haunted cabin with a complete form. And on Halloween itself, make sure you take advantage of the face-painting taking place in the ‘creepy cabin’ from 1pm and a Fancy Dress Competition at 3pm. hammersmithlondon.co.uk